China, Shanghai-Zhangjiang, Adhesive Technologies

Head of Product Development - Consumer Goods APAC


At Henkel, you can make a difference and craft your career. That’s why you own your projects and take full responsibility from an early stage. Our unique brands in markets around the world open up countless opportunities to follow your convictions and explore new paths. If you have an entrepreneurial mindset that allows you to always think out of the box - take the chance and shape the digital future together with us.


  • The position will lead the product development team in APAC and China which includes product developers and lab staff in Shanghai, Osaka and Humen as well as support to the technical customer service and operation teams based in the region.
  • Product development at Henkel is a collaborative effort between the product development team and various functions based on global strategic key initiatives.
  • The product development team performs the following functions: new product development for local, regional and global market by defining concepts and designing and validating new products and key specifications; and optimization of existing products and promote range.
  • Drive regional PD teams in developing high quality and innovative products to meet SBU strategic & financial goals.
  • Identify new trends in technology and invest resources appropriately to maintain leadership in the industry
  • Develop and implement processes to insure consistent PD which manage opportunity & risk appropriately
  • Leverage knowledge between labs in multiple locations (globally) and/or suppliers and/or external partner
  • Support and Execute IP Strategy
  • Lead, train and develop a professional staff capable of meeting short- / long-term PD needs
  • Prioritize global / regional projects, assign and leverage resources regionally
  • Technically lead and Mentor Must win PD projects
  • Ensure timely development, scale up and launch of products
  • Capture and defend Henkel’s intellectual property through patents
  • Define & Manage Technology & Project Portfolio
  • Provide technical support to manufacturing / quality and enable faster scale ups


  • 10+ years’ experience in engineering or product development
  • Experience with Adhesives, Polymers and related technologies
  • Proven experience in influencing and leading
  • PhD or Master’s degree in technical field, ideally Chemistry or engineering
  • Strong Business Acumen and or MBAManagement and mentorship experience of entry- and mid-level technical staff
  • Leads teamwork proactively across a variety of situations
  • Understands implicitly how to manage and work with different people and various working styles
  • Develops coaching relationships beyond direct reports because of personal wisdom, knowledge and nurturance
  • Is deeply perceptive and leads people to important insights on personal effectiveness and business success
  • Effective communication, influencing and negotiation skills.
  • Disciplined, responsive and reliable when committing to actions
  • An individual who can maintain a positive attitude and outlook
  • Should take responsibility, act decisively and be accountable
  • CV apply to is also welcomed
JOB ID: 200000OU
Contract & Job type: Full Time, Regular
Contact information for application-related questions:


Henkel’s application process

Learn all you need to know about your application at Henkel.

2:02 min.